Portage railway

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File:Huntsville portage railway engine -- postcard.jpg
An example of a small locomotive on a narrow gauge portage railway.

A portage railway is a short and possibly isolated section of railway used to bypass a section of unnavigable river or between two water bodies which are not directly connected.[1] Cargo from waterborne vessels is unloaded, loaded onto conventional railroad rolling stock, carried to the other end of the railway, where it is unloaded and loaded onto a second waterborne vessel. A portage railway is the opposite of a train ferry.

Examples

The following are or were locations of portage railways:

Australia

Brazil

Canada

China

Congo

England

Greece

Laos

Panama

Russia

United States

References

  1. Derek Hayes (2006). "Historical Atlas of Canada: Canada's History Illustrated with Original Maps". Douglas & McIntyre. p. 210. ISBN 9781553650775. Retrieved 2013-03-23. Most of Canada's first railways were portage railways, designed to meet river traffic and ferry it past rapids.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 三峡翻坝铁路前期工作启动 建成实现水铁联运 (Preliminary work started on the Three Gorges Portage Railways. The project will implement a water-rail connection.) 2012-10-12 (Chinese) (The article includes a map)
  3. "Прохождение судами Енисейского пароходства судоподъемника Красноярской ГЭС - Фотогалерея".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> (Boats of the Yenisei Shipping Company traveling via the ship lift of the Krasnoyarsk Hydroelectric Station: Photo gallery) (Russian)
  4. From River to River - photo gallery, 2007